Time: The Day Thread of the Heart

This is the sixth in a series of headers about my 10 favorite albums.

donuts

My fifth-favorite album is Donuts by J Dilla, his first studio album and the only one released in his lifetime. It was mostly created on his deathbed, as he suffered from a rare blood disorder that killed him days after the album came out. The album itself is unlike anything else recorded. It’s entirely composed of samples, taken from all sorts of musical sources. Donuts contains 31 tracks, only one of which exceeds 2 minutes. The result is a thing of disorienting beauty, where the listener is jerked around in unpredictable directions full of majesty and heartbreaking emotion. This album is a refutation of things like linear time and causality. It’s pure musical soul, chopped into pieces and made into a gorgeous collage.